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Handelsblatt: Merkel Will Allow Huawei to Supply Components for the Entire German 5G Network

The German government has decided to allow Chinese technology giant Huawei to supply components for the entire German 5G network, business daily Handelsblatt reported today, citing informed sources.

The decision, taken after months of debate, is expected to be announced in the coming days.

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MONDAY

The US Embassy in Athens and its Consular Section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki and all US government offices in Greece will be closed in observance of Columbus Day, a US national holiday.

Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum in France

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, living in Russia since leaking a trove of classified documents showing the scope of post-9/11 US government surveillance, wants to claim asylum in France, AFP reported.

He said he had applied for asylum in France in 2013, during the presidency of Francois Hollande, but told Inter Radio that he hoped President Emmanuel Macron would approve his request.

The United States Has Allocated $ 250 Million in Military Assistance to Ukraine

The US government has allocated $ 250 million in military aid to Ukraine, BTA reported, citing U.S. senators.

The funds were released after congressmen from both parties expressed dissatisfaction that the White House is withholding funds approved by Congress.

The US Is Delaying the Introduction of Additional Duties on Laptops, Phones and Toys from China

The US government will delay the introduction of additional 10 percent tariffs on certain Chinese goods, including laptops and cell phones, until December 15th. This was announced today by the US Permanent Trade Representative's Office, cited by international news agencies. The duties had to be put into force on September 1st.

Space Tourism - Why Not?

Space tourism no longer looks that far. At this point, 573 is the number of people who flied into the space, but projections suggest that it will increase many times over. Over time, it seems more and more realistic that not only the wealthiest will be able to live out what has been reserved for seriously trained astronauts for decades.

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